Change is not an easy thing. Especially when it comes to making changes in a church environment. There are many opinions and obstacles (physically, mentally and spiritually) that can and most likely will be encountered. Thom S. Rainer (President and CEO of Lifeway) wrote the book “Who Moved My Pulpit?” which is subtitled “Leading Change in the Church”. Mr. Rainer wrote this book in response to an email he received from a pastor who was crying out for help on how to lead change in his church but was getting hit by all the critics and bullies in his church. Mr. Rainer dedicated this book to this pastor and countless others that are faced with the same struggles of trying to lead changes within their churches. It is actually a pretty quick read, but within this book, the content is absolutely rich with wisdom and sound advice. Thom has obviously spent countless hours talking with and counseling with pastors who have faced similar situations when leading change with their congregations. Very well written and I would recommend this book to any church leader that is even considering making ANY changes in their church body.
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I would give this book a 9.4 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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“Who Moved My Pulpit?” is a very engaging book to read. Mr. Rainer covers the different stages that should be covered when making changes within a church. Too often, changes are made too quickly, resulting in resentment, resistance or people leaving the church. This book has such wisdom regarding how to more effectively make changes in a manner that has less resistance and ultimately will give glory to God. Most of our churches in America are in dire need of change as they are becoming emaciated. We need change to happen so we will be more outward focused rather than inward focused. Thom does an amazing job covering this, and I would highly recommend this book to any church leaders or anyone that is interested in helping to change our churches for God’s glory. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from B&H Publishing and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Pastoral Resource
Publisher: B&H Publishing
Publication Date: June 2016
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1433643873
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is from Christianbook.com. They have it for $5.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $12.99. The publisher does sell it directly from their parent company website (LifeWay). See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major re-sellers. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
•Dimensions:5″ wide x 7” high x 0.43″ thick
Goal of Book:
The authors’ goal is to show how we need to understand the important steps that need to be taken to effectively lead changes within our church. The first and most important one being devoting the change to serious and intentional prayer. I feel that the authors did do a very good job in keeping it simple and practical. The book reads at a very good pace and can easily be read in an evening, but there are so many excellent points that you will likely want to go slower and take some good notes.
My Favorite Part:
I really appreciated the practical examples that the author provided. The style the author used in this book almost makes it feel like you are sitting down with him over coffee and conversing directly with him. This book is VERY well written and extremely helpful with a ton of wisdom and insight that is very beneficial.
I would highly recommend this book as a wonderful resource, not just a one-time reading. There is a lot of practical content in this book for any reader.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
This book is really a resource – almost a checklist of things to do each and every time you might want to initiate changes within your church. Any church leader, pastor, elder, deacon, lay leader, etc. will find this book to be an excellent resource that will help you initiate changes, both short-term and long-term, within your church. Very highly recommended book!
Introduction: An E-mail of Desperation
Chapter 1 – When the Pulpit Gets Moved
Chapter 2 – Five Kinds of Unmovable Church Members
Chapter 3 – Stop…and Pray
Chapter 4 – Confront and Communicate a Sense of Urgency
Chapter 5 – Build an Eager Coalition
Chapter 6 – Become a Voice and Vision for Hope
Chapter 7 – Deal with People Issues
Chapter 8 – Move from an Inward Focus to an Outward Focus
Chapter 9 – Pick Low-Hanging Fruit
Chapter 10 – Implement and Consolidate Change
Chapter 11 – Life Is Short. Make a Difference.
Appendix: Change Readiness Inventory for Churches
From the publisher’s website: B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a non-profit publisher made up of people who are passionate about taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every Word Matters™, we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles include The New York Times No. 1 bestsellers The Love Dare and The Vow as well as the award-winning HCSB Study Bible.
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